Name: Meri-Leigh Hollowell
Title: Talent Acquisition Executive, JBCStyle
Location: New York, NY
Recruiting specialty: Sales and Production
I became a recruiter because … I love fashion and I love those who create fashion
Favorite designer: Rebecca Taylor
Celebrity crush(es): Ryan Gosling, John Mayer, Drake, Vince Vaughn … just to name a few
Favorite place in New York City: The path around the reservoir in Central Park
Best interview tip: Less is more. Don’t overdo the hair, makeup, perfume, or accessories. And RELAX.
If I could be an animal I would be … My English Bulldog, G – she lives the good life!
Dream vacation: The Amalfi Coast in Italy
Sweet or salty: SALTY
In my spare time I … Play with my puppy, “G”; cook; paint my nails; watch movies
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Use your straightener to curl your hair – it creates natural waves rather than Shirley Temple ringlets. And red lipstick will ALWAYS make you feel prettier.
Favorite item in my closet: My Jeffrey Campbell clogs
Restaurant I would recommend: Locanda Verde in Tribeca and The Meatball Shop in the LES, open till 4am
Favorite music artist/band: Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Florence+ Machine, John Mayer, DMB, Sleighbells
Favorite quote: “Be present.”
Name: Robyn Rosenbaum/R²
Title: JBCconnect Business Development
Location: New York, NY
Favorite designer: Chanel – Classic Beauty
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling!!!
Favorite place in NYC: Central Park
Best interview tip: Ask questions (if you’re interested)
Favorite accessory: My time piece
If I could be an animal I would be: Dog for sure!
Dream vacation: Paris, France with someone special
Sweet or salty: SWEET
In my spare time I … Kickbox, dougie, and stalk people on Facebook
Fashion or Beauty Tip: The man makes the clothes
Favorite item in my closet: Louboutins and a little black dress
Restaurant I would recommend: Katz’s Deli on the LES (I’m such a Jew)
Favorite music artist/band: Old school hip-hop and classic rock
Favorite quote: “To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” ― Taylor Swift
Name: Jackie Fischer
Title: Talent Acquisition Executive, Freelance
Location: New York, NY
Recruiting specialty: Freelance
I became a recruiter because … I love helping people and have a good eye for talent
Favorite designer: Alexander Wang
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling
Favorite place in NYC: Central Park (I live across the street)
Best interview tip: Always do research on the company before you go!
Favorite accessory: iPad – can’t live without it
If I could be an animal I would be … Giraffe (I would be a bird because I want to fly but I hate birds)
Dream vacation: Fiji or anywhere in Italy
Sweet or salty: Sweet
In my spare time I … Play pranks on Malicia with Catie and decorate desks for birthdays
Fashion or Beauty Tip: All black is always flattering
Favorite item in my closet: Alexander Wang studded bag
Restaurant I would recommend: L & B Spumoni in Brooklyn – best pizza ever
Favorite music artist/band: Adele, Maroon 5 … hard to narrow it down
Favorite quote: “90 percent of us don’t have good voices, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t sing.” (I made that up myself when I was told I can’t sing by the freelance desk)
Name: Bryan J. Zaslow
Title: President/Chief Executive Officer
Recruiting specialty: Those hard to fill roles. ‘No’ is not a word in recruiting, it’s just an obstacle.
I became a recruiter because … When I was awarded the national contract to support the American Cancer Society I felt I needed to quit my job working as a lawyer in finance and focus on the business full time. To appease my wife – who just got back to NY with me from my last business endeavor in Charlotte, NC – I told her I would open a fashion recruiting agency. Lori was a fashion recruiter and I used to listen to her all the time and think to myself oh, this would be easy and perfect for me. Fast forward six years and here we are.
Favorite designer: Ralph Lauren – for his eye, for his mind and for his entrepreneurship.
Celebrity crush: Giada De Laurentiis
Favorite place in New York City: Central Park
Interview horror story: Oh my god. Where do I start? Is it the time we physically had to remove a woman from our office who I swore was possessed by the devil as her pupils turned red or was it the time a candidate with an Adam’s Apple and a beard who was clearly a man showed up in a dress and held himself out as a female candidate. How about when a candidate was drunk during their interview with our client?!
Best interview tip: “Don’t eat yellow snow.” Okay, fine, a real interview tip … in 2005 candidates could do little wrong, but today you are competing against thousands for the same limited roles. Every unemployed person is applying for the same job you are even though they are not qualified. This establishes obstacle #1 – dilution. It is critical to separate yourself from the crowd and from the very first impression through the last. You need to become memorable and relevant; there’s nowhere better to do that than on your interview. If you can go into your interview prepared to interview your interviewer – seeking their input and response on thought provoking and critical questions related to their current work environment, corporate culture and recent press – you will leave your interview engaged and leave the interviewer thinking of you and your questions versus questioning you.
Favorite accessory: A powerful watch
If I could be an animal I would be … A dolphin
Dream vacation: One year traveling the world
Sweet or salty: Salty
In my spare time I … Cannot get enough quality time with my children nor quality time with my running sneaks
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Be true to yourself
Favorite item in my closet: My Newton Running sneaks
Restaurant I would recommend: Bella Blu
Favorite music artist/band: Nickelback
Favorite quote: “The heroes of the past are untouchable, protected forever by the fortress door of time – unless some mysterious stranger magically turns up with a key.”
Name: Carrie Zwiebach
Title: SVP Recruitment & Training
Location: The one and only NYC
Recruiting specialty: Finding a diamond in the ruff
I became a recruiter because … Bryan picked me up in a Dunkin Donuts
Favorite designer: Anyone who makes clothing small enough to fit me
Celebrity crush: Matt Bomer (if you don’t know him, he’s the hottie on White Collar)
Favorite place in New York City: This is a tough one but I’d have to say The Great Lawn in Central Park during the summer. It’s beautiful and brings back the most amazing childhood memories of hanging out with my friends.
Interview horror story: Our office used to be the size of a cardboard box and we had this couch that looked like it had been taken off the street. I was sitting on it with a candidate and the office dog Pax, who at the time was a six year old in his prime, jumped up and started going at it with the pillow…
Best interview tip: DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! I’m so appalled by the amount of times a client tells me that the person they met wasn’t familiar with their company. Seriously??!!! If you can’t do a Google search, you don’t deserve to have a new job…
Favorite accessory: My Hermes black enamel “H” bracelet. It’s timeless and goes with EVERYTHING!
If I could be an animal I would be … Rylee Madison Zaslow. She is the most beautiful Chocolate Lab and she gets to come to JBCStyle everyday; which I’m not sure I could live without!
Dream vacation: Going back to the village in Fiji where I spent a summer building a house for the village school teacher. Nevertheless, it was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been on!
Sweet or salty: SALTY
In my spare time I … Walk around Manhattan aimlessly, it’s my personal serenity
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Natural is so much better
Favorite item in my closet: Black Supplex Danskin Leggings, I have about 12 pairs of them!
Restaurant I would recommend: Crispo – I actually do recommend it to everyone I know and they all fall in love!
Favorite music artist/band: Not sure about these days but I used to be obsessed with Third Eye Blind, GooGoo Dolls, Guster, etc … and when I hear their music now I’m in heaven
Favorite quote: “Live, Love, Learn & Laugh”